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High School Student Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Children's Mercy! Our student volunteer roles are highly competitive and registration can close within weeks of opening. Unfortunately, not all applicants are accepted into the program.

We are now accepting applications for new student volunteers. 

The 2020 Student Volunteer Summer Session is a 10 week volunteer commitment. Students volunteer once per week, on the same day and time each week. Students must complete a minimum of 30 volunteer hours between Monday, June 1 through Sunday, August 9. 

High school student volunteer requirements


  • Age: Students must be 16 years old by June 1, 2020.
  • Time Commitment: High school student volunteers are required to commit to 30 hours of service over the course of 10 weeks serving three hours per week. 
  • Schedule: On your application, please indicate the days and times you are free to volunteer. If you do not indicate the hours you are available, volunteer hours will be chosen for you. 
  • Health & Application Forms: The health and safety of our patients and their families is paramount, so all volunteers are required to complete a health form, send in a copy of their immunization record, complete an application and a Hirevue online interview.
  • Performance Standards: Volunteers should be prepared to abide by all hospital policies including all patient confidentiality rules and customer service excellence.

Important dates:


  • Friday, February 28: Deadline for new students to submit all application documents (health form, application and online interview).
  • Week of April 20-24: Dates volunteers will be notified of acceptance and/or placement into the volunteer program. 
  • Sunday May 17: Required Orientation date for all students. If you are unable to attend orientation, you will not be accepted into the program. Returning student volunteers will attend the second half of the day for volunteer role training.
  • Monday, June 1 through Sunday, Aug. 9: Students must complete their 30 hours of service within this timeframe. 

How to become a student volunteer


  • Step 1: Submit your health form

  • Step 2: Fill out an application

    • For new volunteers: Once we receive your health form and immunization records, we will send you a link to complete an online application and interview. All documents are due by 4 p.m. on February. 28. 

  • Step 3: Complete orientation at Children's Mercy
    • Volunteer applicants will find out if they've been accepted into the program the week of April 20, 2020. All volunteers must be able to attend orientation on May 17, 2020.

Get experience and give back as a volunteer


High school volunteers like you play an important role in helping the families Children’s Mercy serves have a positive experience.

From helping families find where they are going to entertaining kids in the waiting room, you’ll make a BIG difference in any role you take on. And, you’ll earn credit for volunteering!

As a high school student volunteer, you can’t shadow the medical staff or watch procedures, but you will get experience in a hospital setting and make a difference for kids and families when they need it most.


Explore volunteer opportunities for high school students


High school student volunteers support the Children’s Mercy staff, as well as help make the experience here a positive one for patients, families and visitors.

Each opportunity uniquely supports our mission to transform the lives of kids cared for at Children’s Mercy.

Guest services & hospitality roles

Help make every visitor feel welcome and ensure they feel comfortable from the moment they walk in the door and throughout their time at the hospital.

Outpatient roles

Engage patients and their families in fun activities to help pass time in the waiting room areas throughout the hospital.

Have questions about being a high school student volunteer?

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about becoming a volunteer at Children’s Mercy.